Health officer says Montcalm County COVID-19 vaccination rate is too low

Mid-Michigan District Health Department Health Officer Marcus Cheatham remains concerned about the low rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in Montcalm County, and he believes a variety of factors are at play:

• The state of Michigan’s definition of essential workers keeps expanding, making it difficult to balance vaccinating those people and senior citizens.

Outmans vent over restaurant, bar restrictions

When updating their constituents on the happenings of Lansing, one theme remains present each time Rick and Pat Outman conclude their thoughts — frustration is prevalent.

For Sen. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, his visible dissatisfaction has been a constant presence during every monthly Legislative Update session since the start of the coronavirus pandemic nearly one year ago as he tends to express his disappointment in several aspects of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the health crisis.

Belding graduate Derek Jenks using platform as football coach to help give kids second chances, teach life lessons

On Dec. 3, 2020, Emmanuel Duron’s life drastically changed.

The highly ranked recruit as a defensive end in football and as a wrestler out of Edinburg, Texas, lost his temper after being ejected from a high school football game. Duron acted on his frustration seconds later and rushed the referee who ejected him and aggressively pushed him to the ground. Duron was subsequently banned from all Texas high school sports and was charged with assault.

Sports roundup for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

Sports roundup for Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

New Lakeview village complex moves forward

Asbestos abatement on the former Bollinger building has been completed, the village’s notice of intent to bond for the project has been published, and the Lakeview Village Council committee working on the renovation continues to refine the project plans.

The next step will be awarding the bid and completing the bond process, Village Manager Darin Dood told council members at their meeting on Feb. 9. Then finally, around the end of March or early April, construction on the former showroom that will house the village complex can begin.

Lakeview, Cato Township recognize VFW Post 3701 for ‘exceptional service’

The members of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hough-Pontius Post 3701 received more recognition this month when both the Lakeview Village Council and the Cato Township Board presented them with resolutions of appreciation.

Village President Steve Case presented both resolutions to Post Commander Stacey Roberts at the Village Council meeting on Feb. 9.

MIKE TAYLOR: Niagara Falls not so fun the second time

The first time I got married, my new bride and I honeymooned in Niagara Falls. I know, I know, hokey, right? It was a long time ago and we were young.

It turned out to be a wonderful adventure, though. We did all the dumb tourist stuff; visited the Biblical Wax Museum (I don’t recommend it; Jesus looks like a hitchhiking department store mannequin who’s been on the road too long), ate at some nice restaurants, stayed in a romantic hotel that offered cheap champagne and rose petals on the oversized bed.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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